Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing

Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing
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The Senate Finance Committee's first hearing of the year will focus on prescription drug prices, panel chairman Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley raises concerns about objectivity of report critical of GOP tax law's effects Overnight Health Care: Key Trump drug pricing proposal takes step forward | Missouri Planned Parenthood clinic loses bid for license | 2020 Democrats to take part in Saturday forum on abortion rights Key Trump proposal to lower drug prices takes step forward MORE (R-Iowa) announced Tuesday.

The Jan. 29 hearing "will be the first in a series of hearings scrutinizing prescription drug pricing and considering policy and oversight solutions to lower costs for American patients," Grassley said in a statement Tuesday.

"We already know what the problem is. It’s time to look at bipartisan solutions and work to turn them into law,” he added.

The Senate hearing will be the same day the Democratic-led House Oversight and Reform Committee holds the first of its own drug pricing hearings.

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The two hearings on the same day shows the bipartisan nature of the concern over rising drug prices.

Grassley and House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question White House to block Conway from testifying over alleged Hatch Act violations MORE (D-Md.) have made rising drug prices a central concern.

Grassley is largely seen as a dogged investigator who backs free-market principles, and is not seen as an ally of the pharmaceutical industry.

He is also willing to work with Democrats. In September he teamed up with Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinNegotiators face major obstacles to meeting July border deadline Senate set to bypass Iran fight amid growing tensions Schumer calls for delay on passage of defense bill amid Iran tensions MORE (D-Ill.) to legislate that television advertisements for drugs be accompanied by price disclosures. The measure was ultimately blocked by House Republicans.

Earlier this month, Grassley laid out his priorities for drug pricing action, including legislation with Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharRules for first Democratic primary debates announced Senate set to bypass Iran fight amid growing tensions Sanders unveils student debt plan amid rivalry with Warren MORE (D-Minn.) that would allow patients to import prescription drugs from Canada.

He has also expressed support for much of President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE's drug pricing agenda.